Ben­fica break Por­tuguese trans­fer record

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AT­TACK­ING mid­fielder Rafa Silva, who was crowned cham­pion of Eu­rope with Por­tu­gal dur­ing the sum­mer, has just signed a five-year deal with Por­tuguese gi­ants Ben­fica.

Ben­fica broke the Por­tuguese trans­fer record to ta­ble a £13 mil­lion deal for the Sport­ing Braga man, com­plet­ing the most ex­pen­sive trans­fer in Por­tuguese his­tory.

The 23-year-old had been strongly linked with ri­vals Porto, but the lo­cal press all an­nounced that Silva had opted for the Lis­bon gi­ants and three-time de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons.

In ad­di­tion to the trans­fer fee, which sur­passes the record amount Porto spent for Joao Moutinho’s £9 mil­lion trans­fer from Lis­bon in 2010, Ben­fica also of­fered Braga Rui Fonte as part of the deal, ac­cord­ing to the news­pa­per Record.

Ac­cord­ing to A Bola, the Por­tuguese cham­pi­ons could also loan out two wingers; Maroc­can Me­hdi Carcela and Ar­gen­tinian Os­car Ben­itez. — AFP

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